Shane Falco

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Source Notes #3 (Journalistic)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 at 1:02 am

Source Notes

Summary: This article describes how the issue of immigration has escalated since the turn of the century.  The government chose to focus resources to combat terrorism, which has led to increased violations in immigration law.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?
Category: Journalistic
What is it? Article published in the Washington Post describing the reasons for the relaxed enforcement of immigration law in the U.S.

Title: Illegal Hiring is Rarely Penalized
Publication Information: The Washington Post, Monday, June 19th, 2006
Author: Spencer S. Hsu and Kari Lydersen
Location: click here
Accessed: 1/29/09

Support:  Bush Administration, Homeland Security Department, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Angela Kelley, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, Ben Salazar, a longtime activist and publisher of the newspaper Nuestro Mundo, Operation Vanguard.

Mark Krikorian and Angela Kelley both attack the Bush Administration’s commitment to enforce interior immigration law.  They call it laughable.  Ben Salazar explains that white Americans don’t want to be meat packers, and therefore the immigrants realize that there is opportunity and a need for their services.

Source Analysis:
The Washington Post is a well- known newspaper based out of Washington D.C.  It places particular emphasis on U.S. politics. and international affairs.  According to wikipedia,  Washington Post reporters Bob Woodard and Carl Bernstein were responsible for the coverage of Watergate which led to the resignation of President Nixon; one of the most famous incidents in the Post’s history.

Usefulness:
This is an important article because it describes the situation of immigration and how it has progressed into a serious issue.  The shifting of finances to fight terrorism have caused lack of enforcing immigration law. There are many important views in the article with valid perspectives.

Works cited:
Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com, Wikipedia

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Source Notes #2 (Journalistic, Blog)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 at 12:18 am

Summary: This is also an opinion blog entry from an amateur commentator in the USA Today that takes a stance against the immigrants, and how they are unlawful.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?
Category: Journalistic, blog
What is it? A blog entry that offers an opinion against the illegal immigrants that come into the U.S.  USA Today-Opinion

Title: “Illegal Entrants” not Lawful
Publication Information: USA Today-Opinion blog, March 1, 2007
Author: David Albaugh
Location: Goldsboro, N.C.
Accessed: 1/28/09

Support:
This is also an amateur commentator that may not be an expert on immigrtion.  I feel it is always important to find out what “normal” people think on certain issues.  This blog entry is an example of that.

Source Analysis:
The USA Today is a nationally recognized newspaper.  It has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, and it is distributed in all 50 states.

Usefulness:
David Albaugh is strongly against supporting illegal immigrants and their transition into our culture.  He feels threatened by the immigrants, and compares them to neighbors entering your house with out permission and eating your food and watching T.V.  He explains that the middle-class is the most affected by the immigrants.  The wealthy employ the immigrants to gain an extra penny.  The lower class don’t care enough because they are gaining some form of public assistance on their own.

Works cited:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/03/blame_employers.html

Source Notes #1 (Journalistic, Blog)

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Source Notes

Summary: This information relates to my topic because it’s an opinion that makes the argument that the employers should be the target of immigration problems in the U.S.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?
Category: Journalistic, blog
What is it? This is a short opinion write-up from the USA Today.

Title: Blame Employers, not Illegal Immigrants
Publication Information: USA Today- Opinion, March 1, 2007
Author: Peter Lawson
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Accessed: Jan. 28, 2009

Support: Peter Lawson represents a normal American citizen (amateur commentator) with an opinion on the immigration issue.  His opinion made it into the USA Today.

Source Analysis:
The USA Today is a nationally recognized newspaper.  It has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, and it is distributed in all 50 states.

Usefulness:
This is useful because the Peter Lawson may not be an expert on immigration.  He represents a single opinion of an “average ” U.S. citizen.  This is important to recognize because it is not always about what the experts think. Lawson thinks that the root of the problem is in the Mexican economy and government.

Works cited:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/03/blame_employers.html

Source notes: Obama’s inauguration speech

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 at 7:10 am

Summary: This is president Obama’s speech to the nation as he takes over as the 44th president of the United States.  He addresses many issues he hopes to tackle during his presidency.

Topic:   Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Category: Journalistic
What is it? The entire inauguration speech was found on Yahoo news.

Title:  Text of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address

Publication Information: yahoo news, 1/21/09

Author: Barack Obama

Location: Full Inaugural Speech

Usefulness:
Obama addressed the nation and the world as a whole.  It was a monumental day in American history.  There’s a lot of promises to the Amercian people and Obama didn’t address any particular issue in too much depth.  He touched briefly on some major concerns and promised that he would accept the challege of bringing better days to the American people.

Works cited:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_obama_text

Obama and immigration…

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 at 4:34 am

Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Liberal media coverage of inauguration…

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

The liberal blogs on the Internet are heavily in favor of the presidential change.    On Americablog.com, there are a series of images of president Bush’s departure in a helicopter, signifying the end of his eight years.  Of all the inauguration pictures, it was funny how Bush’s helicopter photos were shown with great importance.  There were headlines such as, “Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch is dead.”  On Thinkprogress.org, a liberal writer, Faiz Shakir, criticises conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.  Limbaugh recently said he hopes Obama fails as president.   “I disagree fervently with the people on our [Republican] side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds,” said Limbaugh.  This blog is intended to show how narrow-minded some people are about their politics, and in this example–the conservative mind.

The overall readership of the liberal blogs I believe is predominately younger people (20-30 years old).  The audience is a younger crowd, and a younger generation of people are reporting on these liberal blogs.

5 Hour Energy…

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2009 at 6:53 am

I choose 5 Hour Energy for my food or drink of importance.  With teenagers and college students relying more and more on energy drinks such as Rockstar and Monster, it appears 5 Hour Energy is a better alternative.  Excessive caffeine and large amounts of sugars make energy drinks a health hazard.  Although, I would not argue that 5 Hour Energy is a healthy beverage, it seems as if it is a safer alternative to highly caffeinated energy boosters.  5 Hour Energy contains no sugar and has caffeine levels comparable to the average cup of coffee.  A 16 oz. Rockstar contains 240 milligrams of caffeine and 54 grams of sugar.  5 Hour Energy contains 80 milligrams of caffeine and no sugar.

Sources:

http://www.5hourenergy.com/QandA.asp

http://energyfanatics.com/2008/06/30/5-hour-energy-berry-review/

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/health/27well.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/P/Parker-Pope,%20Tara

Third-Hand Smoke assignment…

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/03/health/research/03smoke.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=third%20hand%20smoke&st=cse

This is my first blog.

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I’m up and running on my new blog website.